"Here is a recap of how grains cause malabsorption issues and how that affects our health and well-being:
1. Damage to the gut lining. If the gut is damaged, you do not absorb nutrients. We need healthy villi and microvilli to absorb our nutrients, be they protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, or minerals.
2. Damage to the gall bladder and bile production. If you do not absorb fats and fat soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, K, and other nutrients, you will have problems utilizing any minerals you do absorb, to say nothing of the nutrient deficiencies from inadequate essential fats.
3. Phytates tightly bind to metal ions and make them unavailable for absorption. Analytical chemists actually use purified phytates in experiments where it is necessary to quantify the amounts of metal ions like calcium, zinc, or iron in a sample because the phytates bind to these metals tighter than just about any other molecule. The same thing happens when you eat phytates, and this is not a good thing for bone health or iron status.
4. Open door for autoimmunity and cancer. Once the gut lining is damaged, we are at exceptionally high risk of autoimmune disease, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and several types of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The pancreas is assailed by grain-induced inflammation due to CCK problems and elevated insulin levels. This inflammation is a potential cause of pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
Why does all this happen? Because grains are pissed that you want to eat them and they are willing, and able, to fight back." - Tim Ferriss
So there is no reason at all to consume gluten (organic doesn't matter either). This includes: All wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Do not eat them (again that damn birthday cake is my weakness). I'm also reminded of Dr. Andrew Weil's lectures about grains, and how most have a high glycemic index, especially when the wheat is converted into flour. The body then turns that into sugar and is stored as fat. Which makes this a major cause of obesity and diabetes. Yes, grains make you fat! Lastly, based on archaeological fossil records the consumption of grains is linked with tooth decay, considerable loss of height, a shorter lifespan, and an increase in infant mortality.
"Where do I get my fiber from then?" Just like dairy is a terrible source of calcium, wheat and other gluten-containing foods are a not-so-awesome source of fiber. Once again, other organic plant sources are the way to go. Amazing foods like apples, apricots, pears, peaches, bananas, avocados, oranges, leafy greens, carrots, artichokes, broccoli, peas, beans, nuts, and seeds (Chia seeds are the best source of plant based omega-3s, protein, and fiber) all have fiber that the body loves.
"So what do I do about my favorite foods like bread, pasta, pastries, cereal, oatmeal, crackers, beer, and flour tortillas?" Well, stop eating them. I know it will be tough, but it's all for the best. Raw food is fast and easy food. I'm so spoiled by not cooking. It's easy to take a vegetable out of the refrigerator, wash it, and eat it. Simple. For me recently, mornings are all about juice/blended juice, and then I have whole produce for lunch and dinner. A plate full of the freshest organic seasonal plants is great. Today for dinner, I had a white peach, a pear, a cucumber with the peels, celery stalks, and carrots. This is the most epic dinner ever!
Cheers and here's to happy, healthy living!